I found the author biased in his book He was obviously an Apple Macintosh supporter in the war between Apple and IBM. I respect the author for his thorough research on the subject He had done very good work on the history of Apple Macintosh and I found the book engaging in that respect I knewabout the computer industry after reading the book. However, I was dissapointed that the author had not displayedobjectivity Right from the beginning, he started gushing about what a great computer the Mac was, and how it changed his life He did make a few fair comments on the poor performance in some aspects of the Mac, but inevitably, he always come up with some excuses or other for the computer. Throughout the book, I get the feeling that the author was very pro Apple I feel that to get a fair and accurate picture of the industry, I will have to read another account of the industry, maybe ô Insanely Great õ I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book The history of Apple, from its lowly origins to the well known company it is today, is described in great detail Most interesting is the development of the Macintosh, particularly the role played by Steve Jobs If you are at all interested in recent history, you will admire the way in which Levy describes corporate business of the 80 s Recommended. I found this book greatly enjoyable I didn t really like the last third of it, which seems to drag along and is written at a very slow pace but the first two thirds were very enjoyable Written in a dynamic tone it goes through very quickly and that could be the only real caveat I can find in it It lasts 4 hours at the most All in all I d recommend it as a good story and a means to find out about how Apple came to be I d recommend it specially for people who also bought The Mac Bathroom Reader by Owen Linzmayer, for which this book could be a great introduction If I had to change anything I d update it since it covers only until 1994 or so and misses some great moves Apple has pulled recently and I d update the look of it, since it looks very passe. 1 This book clears up a myth about the Xerox PARC Palo Alto Research Center debacle In the TLC documentary Revenge of the Nerds and in the recently aired TNT original movie Pirates of Silicon Valley, it is implied that the Xerox researchers were anxious to have their GUI receive exposure in the world of personal computers and were frustrated by the Xerox executives lack of interest Levy contradicts this according to his account the PARC people were true scientists, a lotinterested in theory than application and somewhat disdainful of unleashing their ideas on the masses a notable exception, according to Levy, being Larry Tesler who later joined Apple He portrays PARC as something of an ivory tower of computer science academics who were unconcerned with any public reception of their ideas, rather than as a nascent sof Creation Of The Mac InCatapulted America Into The Digital Millennium, Captured A Fanatic Cult Audience, And Transformed The Computer Industry Into An Unprecedented Mix Of Technology, Economics, And Show Business Now Veteran Technology Writer And Newsweek Senior Editor Steven Levy Zooms In On The Great Machine And The Fortunes Of The Unique Company Responsible For Its Evolution Loaded With Anecdote And Insight, And Peppered With Sharp Commentary, Insanely Great Is The Definitive Book On The Most Important Computer Ever Made It Is A Trailer Ú Insanely Great PDF by õ Steven Levy Must Have For Anyone Curious About How We Got To The Interactive Age
Insanely Great takes a look at how the Macintosh evolved from a garage with two hippies and a soldering iron into a multi billion dollar company Unlike what the title suggests this book does not spend a whole lot of time talking about Steve Jobs Instead, this book focuses on a part of Apple s history that is really, as far as I have seen, not very well documented It discusses in detail the evolution of the Macintosh from the inside, talks to people directly involved with the project and really shows this part of the computer revolution from the inside out For those of you who are PC users this book will help you understand the Mac way of thinking Levy is a true Mac person but writes in a fairly unbiased manner This book is a great read for anybody
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